Happy Sunday! Yesterday I took some time yesterday to plan out what we’ll be eating this week. Having a meal plan for the week really helps this busy mama to 2 little ones to not feel crazed about dinners. I’ll admit it… I’m type A – I love a good plan for the week!
At the start of 2018, I’ve been trying to help our family incorporate more plants into our diets and less meat and dairy. Why is that? Because you are never going to hurt your health eating more plants, in fact, science shows that eating more plants lowers risk of disease. Dairy, I believe, is an inflammatory food and can cause issues for some people. I have seen both my girls react to eating too much dairy, so I’m trying to move away from it being a part of our daily diet. You can never go wrong with eating more plants and having less inflammation in your body, so i’m trying to cook more in a way that supports this.
Sunday, 2/11/2018: Dinner out with family
Monday, 2/12/2018: 5 Ingredient Skillet Salmon from my very own blog!
Tuesday, 2/13/2018: Black Bean Burgers via Eat, Live, Run which I’m pairing with roasted potatoes and green beans. I made these years ago and loved them, so after checking my pantry and realizing I had two cans of black beans, and had hamburger buns in my freezer, this was perfect!
Wednesday, 2/14/2018: 30-Minute Cashew Alfredo via Minimalist Baker which I’m adding grilled chicken to and will roast some tomatoes and broccoli on the side.
Thursday, 2/15/2018: Leftovers, which is typical for us by the time Thursday rolls around 🙂
Friday, 2/16/2018: Pizza night! Vegan Amy’s pizza for me and regular pizza for Tim & Addie. A note on the vegan pizza… it’s amazing!! I actually don’t miss cheesy pizza one bit when eating it. Highly recommend if you are looking for a vegan option.
Saturday, 2/17/2018: Dinner out with friends in DC!
As for breakfast and lunches, we stick to our standbys: for breakfast, we usually do smoothies, eggs, toast with avocado, and on weekends get a little crazy with pancakes or omelettes and a side of bacon. Lunches are usually some type of bowl with food I prepped earlier in the week, soups, or a sandwich, hubby does his salads, and Addie is a mixture of whatever we have in the fridge! I try to keep breakfast and lunches easy and just make sure we have the basics to throw different meals together.
Hope you all have a great week!
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of apple cider vinegar aka ACV and all the conditions it can help, but in case you haven’t, I’ll share what I’ve found via The Hearty Soul:
Seriously! Why not have some daily?? Thankfully I’ve been on the path of healthy living due to eating JP daily, which has made a huge difference, but I also believe in helping our bodies as much as possible. These are the two recipes I use for our family, and when I say family, my husband and daughter have both enjoyed these.
Let me know how you like these after you give them a go! 🙂
Hi, Friends! Hope you had a great weekend, and are ready to jump back into another week. I decided to help maintain accountability and consistency, I’m going to start sharing my plan for the upcoming week for meals and workouts. Hope this gives you some inspiration. I find that planning this out takes a portion of stress away from the week, maybe something new for you to try out if you currently don’t!
My goal is to have three lifting sessions per week, and then to focus on being active in some capacity the other days.
How’s your week looking? Do you have your meals and workouts planned?
Well happy Sunday to you! When summer comes along, I’m a huge fan of massive salads, specially ones featuring grilled chicken, grapes, blue cheese, bacon, and walnuts. This salad was inspired while I was at a conference in the beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I’ve been eating it on and off since then, and just restocked on the items so I can have it this week. Hope you enjoy it!
Place mixed greens in a large salad bowl, then layer on walnuts, bacon crumbles, blue cheese, grapes, and grilled chicken. Lastly, give a few shakes of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Start with less dressing, and add more if needed. Mix it all together.
Hope this is the perfect salad to beat this hot summer! 🙂
I’ve become very sacred about Fridays, and it’s pretty much my favorite day now (along with quiet Saturday mornings).
Our routine is probably pretty ordinary, but I just love it, so here it is:
8-5-ish: Work work work!
5-ish: Home and immediately change into comfortable house clothes (e.g. yoga pants, tank top, light cotton jacket)
5:15-6pm: bring pizza dough to room temp & make pizza! & pour a glass of wine.
6 – rest of night: eat pizza, drink wine, cuddle with the husband on the couch and watch latest Netflix movie, chat, go to bed at a reasonable hour of 11-ish.
Homemade pizza… every Friday
Do you have any special ways you kickoff your weekend?
This salad makes every day better… I’ve been eating variations of it for lunch most days, and still haven’t gotten sick of it (knock on wood). I usually eat it as a “side salad” and have a chicken sausage with it. To me, it’s a winter salad because of the beets and hearts of palms; However, it’s so good that it might transform into my spring, summer, fall, and winter salad. Enjoy!
*Note: All these ingredients are purchased from Trader Joe’s, with the exception of the pecans, which are homemade. Additionally, I don’t measure much, so add as much or as little as you’d like of each ingredient.
Throw as much arugula that you’d like in a bowl (and cabbage if you’re adding that to it as well)
Dice one beet, one heart of palm, and as much goat cheese gouda as you’d like, and put on top of the arugula bed
Top with cranberries and pecans
Put on your dressing — I use cranberry, walnut, and gorgonzola dressing from TJ’s, but most vinaigrette’s should work
Toss salad and serve immediately
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have picked up on the fact that we eat pizza pretty much every Friday. Since the wedding and getting some new tools for the kitchen (mixer, pizza stone, pizza peel), I’m loving trying new pizza combinations. This pesto chicken pizza was so delicious, I couldn’t not share!
Preheat oven to 425, and place pizza stone in the oven as it heats up.
Sprinkle corn meal on to pizza peel.
Roll out or toss pizza dough in air to form a circle the size of your pizza peel or a little bit smaller. If it ends up being a little larger, that’s ok, just means more of a crust edge.
Transfer dough onto pizza peel.
Spread about 1 TBS (or a little more) of pesto onto dough, covering the dough with a thin layer.
Next, put the diced rotisserie chicken on top of the pesto.
Place mozzarella over top of pesto & chicken. Don’t worry about covering every inch of the pizza if you are using mozzarella ball slices, because the cheese will melt down and cover the whole surface. If you are using shredded mozzarella cheese, then cover it all.
Bake for 12-16 minutes, depending on how brown you like your cheese and crust. We like ours on the more cooked side, so we leave it in closer to 16 minutes.
Take pizza out of oven on the pizza peel and let cool for at least 5 minutes. This helps it to set, and it wont burn your mouth when you take a bite <— muy importante!
Man, what a two weeks. I was off work for about 10 days, including the weekends… and it was glorious to have a long break! I’ve been back at work two days, and after that long break, I feel motivated and inspired to be back at work. Isn’t that what vacations are for?!
How was your new years? Our was extremely low-key… we ordered Outback for dinner, watched the movie flight, and then a Happy Endings marathon until the ball dropped. Did you ever watch Happy Endings? It’s really the best/funniest show ever, and for some reason they took it off air! Such a travesty 🙁 Did you decide to do resolutions? I didn’t and think I’m just going to enjoy life as is, and keep working on things I worked on in 2013, like less time on social media and being present.
Onto the recap of food, workouts, and favorites on the web for the week.
1. New Years Day meal at our house – our first holiday at the new place! I made roasted pork, sauerkraut, my grandma’s Czech bread dumplings, roasted broccoli, applesauce, and lots of desserts! <— grandma’s dumplings are the absolute best and my family loves them. I made two loaves and we probably could have had 5 loaves 2. Challah french toast + bacon 3. Champagne with raspberries at midnight on NYE.
Saturday: yoga – Sunday: nothing – Monday: elliptical – Tuesday: strength training – Wednesday: nothing – Thursday: nothing – Friday: 5 minute warm-up on elliptical, 45-ish minutes of weights
I feel meh about the workouts this week. I’m looking forward to getting back on track with a normal week coming up. I find it harder to work out when the routine breaks (e.g. new years in the middle of the week), but trying to keep up with it because it gives me energy and makes me feel better overall. Good thing there is always a new day tomorrow 🙂
Favorite Links on the Web:
Do you consider yourself organized? Here’s 10 tips of the highly-organized people.
This HuffPost article by about what love is… especially with cancer. I was tearing up at work reading this.
At a loss as to what you should include in your smoothie? No fear, this is the perfect guide!
I’m bad about taking care of my nails, but this routine looks like one I could follow…
This paleo appetizer must be made very soon… these looks so good!
I’m on a big pesto kick right now, so pesto roasted chicken sounds like a great dish. Maybe for next week’s dinner?
Ok… time for bed! It’s been a long, busy Friday. Hope you have a wonderful & productive weekend!
This work week is coming to an end, and for us, a busy family filled weekend is ahead. Saturday morning starts early with Wreaths for America with my family, then a holiday party at my sisters, followed by a sleepover at my parents with my nephew – and that’s only Saturday. Sunday is a Christmas party with my dad’s side of the family, then celebrating two of our niece’s birthdays at dinner. I’m looking forward to soaking up some family time! In other news, here’s a picture of our Christmas tree that I am oh-so in love with… can’t I keep it up all year?!
1. zucchini noodles 2. peanut butter blossom cookies 3. a coworker’s baby shower cake 4. lemon pesto chicken salad + mixed greens + avocado 5. red wine sautéed mushrooms
Saturday: yoga – Sunday: nothing – Monday: nothing – Tuesday: spinning – Wednesday: 10 minutes of light stretching – Thursday: nothing – Friday: run/walk intervals for 35 minutes
Hope you have a super weekend!
Hi! how was your weekend? Our was relaxing, rejuvenating, and productive. I’d been feeling a little under the weather both physically and mentally. The holiday business was creeping up, and my stress level was rising. This weekend helped me feel better physically & most importantly in my book, mentally.
We worked all day, then came home to make pizza. I made the pizza dough with the usual recipe I follow, and our toppings were mushrooms, bacon, pepperoni, and mozzarella! We recently got a pizza peel which helps in transferring the uncooked pizza to the hot stone in the oven. We’re really nailing the pizza process these days! After eating, we spent the rest of the night catching up on TV shows. **side note: we haven’t had a couch for the past 3 weeks, and it probably won’t be here until next week. It’s killing us slowly, and my rear end is sore from sitting on our hardwood floor!**
Woke up early since husband wanted to go to an 8:30am spinning class, and I wanted to attend the 9:45am yoga class. Who are we that we now are waking up early on the weekends to workout?! I love it though… the 9:45 yoga class is a vinyasa flow which has a great instructor and I just love the vibe. Since we share a car, I dropped off Tim at the gym and did our grocery shopping (going to 2 stores & dropping off/putting away the groceries in 1 hour! <—goo me!), then met him back at the gym so he could go home to shower while I did yoga, then he picked me back up! That’s how we make 1 car work, lots of compromise and figuring out how to maximize the time we have.
Once home, Tim made breakfast (I’m beyond thankful that he does this, and without me even asking!) which was omelets with bacon, mushrooms, peppers & cheese. So delicious! Then we worked on our budget, which took about an hour. He then took so much time to make a bunch of formulas that will help me work the spreadsheet easier! He’s the best. We then went to Tysons Mall and did holiday shopping, and finished the evening with the Cheesecake Factory to use some gift cards we had! Once home, more laying around and relaxing.
I made panettone french toast for breakfast (recipe coming soon) & we sipped coffee. The rest of the day was spent lounging and doing a few house chores. Then watching Homeland <— jeeeeeez, that was intense! I always end up sitting straight up in bed by the end, and my husband laughs at me. That show is stressful… but good!
Meals for the Week
Sunday: Chicken panang from a box (sold at Target)
Monday: Zucchini noodles with meat sauce
Wednesday: Meeting a friend for dinner
Thursday: Tomato soup + grilled cheese
Friday: Pizza (of course!)